What a difference a little sunshine makes!
I had forgotten how good warm sun feels on the skin.
So forgive me for blogging so late today, but we had such a pleasant, relaxed day with our friends yesterday, I’m afraid our daily blog got neglected.
I was thinking about my little girl, Grace, when I woke up.
Little girl? I think not! She is a very beautiful, accomplished young lady now, and many of you know her.
Lives in New York, which is rather a long way away
to pop in for a cuppa, but hey! C’est la vie.
So I decided to blog about her and her name. Even if she is not here in person, I can indulge myself, and spend some time enjoying her – even in her absence! I did a piece of art on TV recently, which said GRACE on it, so I dug it out for you today.
Ironically, I used the lovely Wallflower Stamp in conjunction. If you have ever met Grace, you will agree she is anything but the proverbial Wallflower!
If she’s a Wallflower, then there’s NO HOPE for the rest of us!!
So let’s take a look at the artwork.
Almost as pretty as Gracie.
But not quite!
Let’s see. What did I use?
Not that much actually.
So you start with a piece of plain cream or white card,
about 2″ x 6″ – depending on which word you want to frame.
I did the frame first, and added Grace afterwards, but you can tackle it from the other end, too!
Stamp two wallflowers about an inch apart, add Detail Clear Embossing Powder and emboss with your Heatgun.
Cover them up with the Clarity ready-cut masks, and then stamp the third flower in the middle.
The next step is important. Remove the masks either side BEFORE you add the embossing powder.
Otherwise you will get powder on the masks and they will lose their tack, and you will be frustrated!
This is how you bunch the wallflowers together without overlapping them.
Just keep working your way around the edges, leaving a 1 inch gap, to fill with another background flower.
When you have gone right round the card, add the centrepiece.
I used the Letterbox and added GRACE.
Actually, without wanting to tease you, I really do want to share a new, very comprehensive collection of Word Stamps with you. The first set is being launched next Sunday Morning by myself on Telly. Hope you can join us!
I have spent much time designing these personally, and am very happy with the way they have come out. They are called
CLARITY WORD CHAINS.
And every single card, every piece of art I have made recently, I want to add them!
You will understand when you see them in action. They just fit.
The Letterbox kit is fantastic, because you can write ANY word or name, but the Word Chains are brilliant for Arty cards, and Journalling and Scrapbooking and Gelliplate work and and …
But I digress…
See the gaps in the corners? We are going to colour in the background, so that is fine.
See how I have coloured in the whole background,
bar the Letterboxes, with Ivory and Blush?
They come from the Skintones Promarkers.
I used fine nibs to get into the flowers.
To be honest, the GRACE plaque would do very nicely alone, simply mounted on a matching card, don’t you think?
But I want to go on with the large Wallflower Corner.
Mel drew it, and it is a masterpiece.
So I used a standard long pre-scored card, stamped the corner in the righthand corner in Black Archival, dusted it with Detail Clear Embossing Powder and heat-embossed it.
Drag the chisel end of a Peach Promarker around the edges.
Colour in, one flower at a time…
Cut a slit about quarter of an inch away from the flowers.
From here to here!
This will make a wonderful pouch for Grace to slip into.
You could even mirror the corner on the other side and colour in.
I will get to it before her birthday!
If you like the Wallflower set, I did another blog with them a while ago. I used The same Black Archival embossed base, but look how different when you change the colour palette and paint with Perfect Pearls (Mica Powders)
Superb Mother’s Day OR Father’s Day Book Mark gifts.
But now I must go.
Laura, Dave’s lovely daughter, has invited us for Sunday Lunch. And she only lives an hour away!
In my rush to get out in the sun yesterday, I completely forgot
I made this deal last week:
Blog Candy Time!
Leave an uplifting comment today, tomorrow and Friday,
and on Saturday we will pick a random winner to receive:
A box of crafting Goodies hand-picked by myself!
So the winner is……
If you email me your Address, I will get it organised
But before I dash off for lunch, lucky lady that I am,
let’s have a Sunday Blog Sale.
Buy the Large Wallflower Claritystamp,
get the Set of 3 Flowerstamps FREE.
Buy the Letterbox Kit
Get the matching Numberkit FREE
And don’t worry about the website. If you order either the Large Wallflower or the Letterbox Kit, I will tell the guys at work to include the Freebies.
That’s a pretty big deal. But heyho.
My ride – my rules!
Sometimes, just sometimes,
I like being the Boss.
I think I had better say that this offer is only valid until Midnight Monday 24th Feb 2014, or Janice at the office will be on my case!